The Lone Star State has many of the largest US cities within it borders. Six Texas cities are among the 20 largest cities in the US, according to 2010 US Census data. The size of a city's government reflects the size of its population, so large cities necessarily have large municipal workforces.
Houston is by far the largest city in Texas with a population of 2.1 million. It is the fourth largest city in the US. Situated in Harris County, Houston is second only to Jacksonville, Florida, in the land area it covers. Houston is linked to the Gulf of Mexico by the Houston Ship Channel.
2. San Antonio
San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and seventh largest in the US. San Antonio's tourist attractions include the Alamo, Riverwalk, San Antonio Zoo, Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Interstate 10 runs through San Antonio to form the nation's southernmost east-west route to travel from the east coast to the west coast, or vice-versa. Interstate 10 stretches from the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica, California, to the Atlantic Ocean at Jacksonville, Florida. San Antonio is about 150 miles east of the midpoint of Interstate 10.
Dallas is third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest in the US. Dallas is the largest city in the area of Texas known as the Metroplex, which includes three other top ten cities: Fort Worth, Arlington and Plano. Dallas is about an hour-and-a-half drive from the Texas-Oklahoma border. Dallas is home to the Texas State Fair.
Austin is the fourth largest city in Texas and 14th largest in the US. Located in Travis County, Austin is about an hour's drive from the northern outskirts of San Antonio and about four hours from the southern cities of the Metroplex. In a solidly Republican state, Travis County is often the lone blue dot among a sea of red on election maps.
5. Fort Worth
Fort Worth is the fifth largest city in Texas and 16th largest in the US. It is home to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, the oldest stock show and rodeo in the US, and to Texas Motor Speedway, a venue that can hold more than 150,000 spectators for auto races.
6. El Paso
El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest in the US. El Paso sits on the US-Mexican border across from Juarez. El Paso is the only large Texas city in the Mountain Time Zone.
Arlington is the seventh largest city in Texas. It lies between Dallas to the east and Fort Worth to the West. Arlington has grown because residents can work in Dallas or Fort Worth with manageable commutes. The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League opened a new stadium in Arlington in 2009. Before then the team played in Irving, a metroplex suburb northeast of Arlington and west of Dallas.
Corpus Christi is the eighth largest city in Texas. The city about one third of the way up the coast between Brownsville and the Texas-Louisiana border. The city is located on Corpus Christi Bay. The long and narrow Mustang Island sits between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus Christi is home to the Texas State Aquarium.
Plano is the ninth largest city in Texas. It is about 18 miles north of downtown Dallas. Plano is a Metroplex suburb that grew because of its proximity to Dallas. Plano grew to 15 times its size in the 40-year stretch between 1970 and 2010.
Laredo is the 10th largest city in Texas. Laredo sits on the US-Mexican border across from Nuevo Laredo. Interstate Highway 35 runs from Duluth, Minnesota on Lake Superior to Mexico and passes through Laredo.